Elizabeth Banks "The Hunger Games" Fashion Secrets Revealed

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It's obvious that Jennifer Lawrence's career is set to explode when she takes on "The Hunger Games" at Katniss Everdeen. We also think actress Elizabeth Banks is going to get a much-deserved jolt in her career, despite years of experience on shows like "30 Rock" and movies like "Man on a Ledge."

Banks, 38, plays the colorful Effie Trinkett in the big screen adaptation of the hit Suzanne Collins books. The actress revealed that she found the inspiration for the cruel character in some of her favorite films.

"It's based on my heroes, Rosalind Russell in 'Auntie Mame,' and Katharine Hepburn in 'The Philadelphia Story,'" she told Lucky magazine of Effie's voice inspiration. As far as costumes, the actress wore clown-like shaved eyebrows, cotton-candy hair and a flour-white face as she sent the kids to their deaths in the Capitol arena.

Elizabeth Banks at 'The Hunger Games' Premiere

Banks didn't go as crazy as Effie during the Los Angeles premiere of the film, but she did choose a fire-inspired orange Versace mini dress to wear on the red carpet. Her makeup artist, Fiona Stiles, took to the actress' blog to explain the makeup inspiration for Bank's red carpet performance -- and it was surprisingly simple.

"I have always thought that Elizabeth looks a lots like a young Jane Fonda, so I used Jane Fonda from Barbarella as a reference for the makeup; a strong brow, a black line on the eye and the rest of the face left neutral and glowing," Stiles wrote.

Elizabeth Banks on Her Favorite Part of 'The Hunger Games'

We're sure all of the actors in "The Hunger Games" have their favorite scenes, but Banks is about the only one to be so forthcoming on what she loved the most about the film.

"The reaping [scene] is amazing. We get to see a heroine step forward and show herself for the first time and come to life, and it was a really remarkable scene to shoot," Banks told MTV News earlier this year.

She also revealed that one of the saddest scenes in the film comes in the Arena.

"I'm looking forward to Rue's funeral," she told SheKnows.com at the premiere. "It's very emotional and you're going to need five hankies when you watch it."

We can't wait! Only a few more days until "The Hunger Games" hits theaters on March 23.

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